Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi, has affirmed that he will ‘definitely’ stay in Chelsea for the 2016/2017 season.
The extraordinary midfielder, who is set to represent Nigeria at this year’s Olympic Games, has said he is determined to prove himself under the new manager, Antonio Conte, and earn a new deal.
Speaking to Evening Standard Mikel said: “I am definitely staying at Chelsea and I will try to give my best to the club like I have always done.”
“I want to help the team fight for every point, win and trophies. I also want to help the team qualify for the CL again.”
“For 10 years I have been going to the same training ground and locker room. It is an amazing club, with an amazing owner.
“I have a year left and then we will see what happens. If I play well this season, it will help me earn a new contract.
“I will give 120 percent every time I’m on the pitch or come off the bench. I will always give my best.
“If Chelsea wants to talk, we’ll talk. If I have to move on there will be plenty of clubs out there where I can continue.
“It will be but these things happen. You have to move on one day. My happy memories of Chelsea will never go away.”
The 29-year-old and father of two also thanked the Stamford Bridge outfit for allowing him to go to Brazil after Samson Siasia selected him as one of the over-aged players in his squad.
“I explained to the club why I wanted to go [to the Olympics] and I thank them for their understanding.”
“The coach also gave me his blessing. He told me to make sure I do well and bring back the gold medal!
“Obviously, it is hard to be away because I want to impress the new coach. It’s a risk I have taken but I stand by that.
“Chelsea are like a family to me. It is a place that has become a part of me.”